Scout Picks

Gameweek 17 Scout Picks draws on Spurs, Liverpool, Arsenal and Palace

We have placed our trust in defence and midfield for the Gameweek 17 Scout Picks.

For the first time this season, we have lined-up in a 4-5-1 formation, coming in exactly in line with our £83.0m budget.

How many of these do you own?

Goalkeeper

Vicente Guaita (£4.8m) earns a place in the Scout Picks on account of Crystal Palace’s meeting with the Premier League’s lowest scorers Sheffield United. The Blades have found the net just eight times this season and only two teams have registered fewer big chances over the last four than them.

Defenders

Andrew Robertson (£7.4m) has great potential for a haul in Gameweek 17. Southampton have now gone three games without a goal and rank second-bottom for shots in the box over the last four matches. Meanwhile, no defender has created more chances than Robertson in their last four matches.

Romain Saïss (£5.0m) is back in the Wolves team again and doing what he does best: offering threat from set pieces. Over the last four matches, no defender can match the versatile Moroccan international for shots in the box.

Rob Holding (£4.4m) is a great budget enabler in an improving Arsenal defence with appealing fixtures. In Gameweek 17, the Gunners face a West Bromwich Albion outfit with two goals in their last five at home. Arsenal themselves have conceded the third-fewest number of big chances in their last two – Holding registering 90 minutes in eight of the last nine.

Erik Pieters (£4.3m) is our representative from the Burnley defence as they prepare to host Fulham. We fancy the Austrian to start either at left-back in place of Taylor, or even in midfield with ongoing injuries in wide areas. The Clarets have kept four clean sheets from a possible five against sides in the bottom eight this season while Fulham are unlikely to be at full-strength in light of recent positive coronavirus (COVID-19) tests.

Midfielders

Salah building up massive power in top 10k after Gameweek 14 haul

Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) has been unfortunate to blank in each of his last two outings, failing to convert a number of clear-cut chances at Newcastle. Even though Southampton have kept clean sheets in each of their last two, Salah does have attacking returns in six of his Premier League away matches this season.

Bruno Fernandes (£11.2m) has been a reliable source of points in 2020/21, blanking just twice since Gameweek 8 and registering five double-digit hauls in that time. He has seven of those in the whole campaign, more than any other Fantasy asset.

Son Heung-min (£9.7m) gets into the Scout Picks on account of his fixture rather than form. After racing to 100 points in the first 11 Gameweeks, the Spurs midfielder has just a goal and assist in the last four matches. However, during that time, games involving Leeds have yielded an average of 5.3 goals. The Whites’ expansive style is sure to open up space for Son to thrive in once again.

Unsurprisingly, Wilfried Zaha (£7.4m) is our chosen representative from the Crystal Palace attack which hosts basement boys Sheffield United on Saturday. Selhurst Park has been a reliable venue for Zaha this season, where he has scored or assisted in all but one home game he started against sides outside the top eight.

Bukayo Saka (£5.2m) has been pivotal to Arsenal’s recent mini-revival, registering a goal and two assists over the last two matches. He faces the Premier League’s worst defence in Gameweek 17, West Bromwich Albion conceding on average 2.2 goals per game this season.

Forwards

Harry Kane (£11.0m) completes our double-up on the Spurs attack for an appealing home match against Leeds. The Whites’ high-intensity setup has led them to concede 12 big chances across their last four, the third-most in the division. That should be enough to bring out the best in Kane once again.

Substitutes

  • Alex McCarthy (£4.7m)
  • Matthew Lowton (£4.4m)
  • Chris Wood (£6.2m)
  • Christian Benteke (£5.5m)

THE CAPTAIN

Who are the best captain options for FPL Gameweek 36+?

We choose the Scout Picks captain using a four-way vote between our Scout Squad pundits.

Because we use Fantasy Football Scout data so heavily in this process, the skipper we choose each Gameweek is known only to those with a valid Fantasy Football Scout subscription and revealed to the public only when the deadline has passed.

Here’s how we voted for Gameweek 17:

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2,832 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Connor's Calling
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Surely bringing a Burnley defender in for Taylor is madness given Parker’s comments?

    1. Sean
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      1. Sean
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Yep

    2. ivantys
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Bringing one in is madness itself given their fixtures turning terrible.

      • ChelseaGuy
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        What comments?

        1. Tempestic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          ^^

        2. Jimmers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          See tweets above. Game may not go ahead

      • The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Taylor owner and personally not looking at a BUR replacement with their fixtures.

        I agree though, not worth it with the uncertainity unless you're sure your other 4 defenders can play

      • AC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Agreed he’s probably looking for a cancellation as it’s a massive game for them

      • Feed tha Sheep
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        What was with comments?

      • Canadian Football
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Just woke up. What were his comments?

    3. Dele
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Rodrigo or Watkins?

      1. ChelseaGuy
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Watkins

    4. King Kohli
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Can I get away without a FH for gw 18?

      Martinez
      Taylor* Konsa*Mitchell*
      Bruno(c) Son
      Kane

      With 2 FT before gw 18, I plan to replace the defenders who don't start this week with Dias/Cancelo.
      Leaving me with 6-7 nailed on starters for gw 18.

      1. Sean
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        I’m not far off that, going to FH

        1. King Kohli
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Don't you think its better saved for a future blank or dgw?

          7 players including a couple of City along with Son, Kane & Bruno should be good enough I suppose.

          1. Sean
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            Yeah you are in a better position than I am and can maybe get away with it in fairness, I’d say probably you’re missing out on 20ish points by not using FH so I guess you could make that up in a DGW, I’ve already phased out my Villa players and KDB so I have to commit to the FH

    5. Feed tha Sheep
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Any of the cheap Liverpool defender options likely to play the DGW? Want a fifth defender for BB

      1. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Nathanial Philips at 4.0 started the last game at CB but did not look good by all accounts.

        Not sure if he is nailed as he may rotate with Rhys Williams alongside Fabinho in the short term.

        1. Feed tha Sheep
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Does Williams play centre back as well as right back?

          1. Tempestic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            Rhys Williams does yes, not to be confused with Neco Williams who occasionally plays RB.

            Neither are nailed though and it is hard to say who would be first choice. Neither look convincing

            1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              Aha, I hadn't twigged there were two. Thanks!

          2. Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            Plays CB, he's their last choice

            1. Feed tha Sheep
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              Don’t really any other options though at min to play with Fab do they?

    6. Jinswick
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Worth getting rid of Cancelo given the rumours?

      1. Feed tha Sheep
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Wouldn’t sell him if I had him could still make the DGW

      2. Warbling Wendy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Where have the rumours even come from?

        1. ChelseaGuy
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Who all are involved in the rumours?

      3. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Holding as he may not even have COVID. Even if he does, could be back for the double.

      4. AC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Not with his upcoming fixtures and 13 days to game vs Brighton

      5. Shatner's Bassoon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        No. Better to wait post match.

      6. DRIZ ✅
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Likely

    7. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Rt

      If ederson is out because of corona this gw, will he be ready for gw 18 ?

      1. Feed tha Sheep
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Should be all being well

      2. Maeki2
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 10 days ago

        He be out for as long as he stay positive

    8. Warbling Wendy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Where have the cancelo rumours come from?

      1. DRIZ ✅
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Sauce?

      2. Wicked Weapon
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Where do any rumours come from ?

      3. THL33
          4 months, 10 days ago

          start Soucek or Rodrigo? Have Dallas and Coufal.

          1. Sean
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            Rod

            1. THL33
                4 months, 10 days ago

                great thanks

          2. Canadian Football
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            Tempted to take Pieters. Honestly haven’t paid attention to him. Why was he out of the squad for so long? Out of favour or injured?

          3. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            Is it worth taking a hit to get Holding and play him instead of Coufal this week If I will be taking the hit to get him next week anyway?

            1. ChelseaGuy
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              Makes sense

            2. DRIZ ✅
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              No

          4. Nespinha
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            Pick one for BB19:

            A) Soucek + KDB + Martial

            B) Rashford + Son + Watkins

            Final round......FIGHT

            1. La vida FPL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              A

            2. upforgrabs
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              A

          5. Rinseboy
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            bench 1 from

            Justin Soucek Raphinha or Dias.

            1. Sean
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              Soucek

          6. winchester
              4 months, 10 days ago

              Who to captain?

              a) salah
              b) bruno
              c) son
              d) kane

              Cheers

              1. The Mighty Hippo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                D

              2. MartyT
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                I've gone for Son.

            • Garlana
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              Anyone going without spurs attack?

              1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                Nope, i will own kane first time this season, hes got a baby

              2. UshFPL
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                Yep

              3. Odikostar
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                Son el capitano

            • La vida FPL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              Raphinha or Harrison and why?

              1. Jimmers
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                Raphinha the better finisher

            • Sid07
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              For dgw
              Taylor to
              1) cancelo
              2) dias

              1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                1 looks great. I own 2. Either would work. 2 if you think there is anything in the rumours at all

                1. greggles
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 10 days ago

                  I really hope there is nothing to the rumours about Cancelo! I just bought him.

            • JenkoJunko
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              Thoughts on this..

              C taylor & Adams to Coufal & Antonio? Also what would you do with Giroud?

              Squad: 2FTs 0.9ITB
              Mcarthy
              Cresswell Dallas TAA
              KDB Bruno Salah Grealish
              Giroud Bam Adams

              Forster / Bissouma / C Taylor / Neco

            • g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              Thoughts going round in circles?

              Does this formation, bench & Captain look right?

              Johnson,
              Coufal, Robbo, Stones,
              Bruno, C,Son, Grealish, Salah
              Kane, Bamford, Watkins

              Martinez, Soucek, Zouma, Dallas

            • The Red Devil
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              Current defence-
              Meslier
              Taylor zouma bednarek alioski dunne

              Taylor to holding or save FT?

            • Shark Team
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              Can i avoid the FH with these 8 players in my team?
              Martinez
              Dias Taylor
              Bruno Son El Ghazi
              Kane DCL

              1. bialk
                • 11 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                Yes

            • SuperDan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              Aguero or Vardy?

              1. Sean
                • 11 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                Has to be Vardy for the minutes

            • RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              Repost. Will FH18, BB19 (bring Kev back then).

              KDB+Taylor >> Son(C)+Cancelo?

              McCarthy
              Robbo, Dias, Coufal
              Salah, KDB, Bruno, Raphinha
              DCL, Bamford, Adams
              (Johnstone, Dallas, Soucek, C.Taylor*)

              1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                Kane just got a baby

                1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 10 days ago

                  Why does that mean???

            • the dom 1
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              Best GK to rotate with Martinez?

              a. Leno
              b. Meslier
              c. Fab
              d. ???

              5.5 ITB

              Cheers

            • Alli
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              Play 1
              A. Adams
              B. Dallas
              C. Raphinha

            • Pukkipartyy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              Love to see it. Grealish will be diferenttial soon.

              1. Zim0
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                If he gets another yellow in next 5 isn't he banned for one of the matches?

                1. g40steve
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 10 days ago

                  Cup game

                  1. Zim0
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 10 days ago

                    No they don't add cup games to that ban i read somewhere

            • Zim0
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              I do wonder what the point of the city postponement was only to play a match a few days later. Who's to say more players won't be positive by then if the reasoning was that other players could turn out to be positive so let's not risk spreading.

              1. Ginkapo FPL
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                A few days matters massively in testing

            • jk-25
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              Start (A) Dallas away at Spurs or (B) Watkins away at United??

              1. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                4 months, 10 days ago

                B

              2. upforgrabs
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                B

            • Return of the FF
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              G2G?

              Mccarthy/ Martinez

              KWP Dallas Taylor Coufal Bernado

              Salah, Bruno, Grealish, Son, Neto

              Kane, Bamford, Adams

              1ft, 0.6 itb

              A) Roll
              B) Son to Rashy
              C) upgrade Bernado
              D) upgrade Adams

              1. estheblessed
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                Looks good

            • estheblessed
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              I'm chasing in my league and most of the others don't have Kane.

              Who should I captain

              a) Kane (differential)
              b) Bruno (play it safe)

              1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                A

            • youzef
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              McCarthy
              Aurier Cancelo TAA Taylor
              Mahrez Salah Fernandes (C)
              Watkins Vardy Wood
              Bench: Ryan Soucek JWP Mitchell

              Shall I do Mahrez and Wood out for Zaha and Bamford (-4)?

              1. youzef
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                Or mahrez and Wood for Raphinha and lacazette